Through the Berchtesgaden National Park to Weißbach
The following morning we were picked up by a taxi to take us to our starting point in Ramsau. Before that we had a large breakfast in the hotel. We walked through the ‘Zauberwald’ and Berchtesgaden National Park to the idyllic Lake Hintersee. The walk through the wonderful scenery was exceptional and the section through the ‘Seisenbergklamm’ (a gorge) topped it off. We were warmly received by the same-named hotel and we had everything that we needed there.
From Maria Alm to Marbachhöhe and Dienten
Once again we were picked up by taxi and this time taken from Weißbach to Maria Alm. We walked on well built footpaths via the Pinzgauer Grasberge up to the Marbachhöhe at about 1800m above sea level. The clouds prevented us being able to see the Hochkönig and the Hohen Tauern but the ascent was rewarding anyway. The walk then headed towards the valley to Dienten where we were going to stay at Hotel Hochkönig. This hotel had been newly renovated and it had a lovely spa area as well as great local specialities. It even had its own slaughtery. That evening we both ate the best trout of our lives there.
Detour to Arthurhaus
On the 4th day the weather turned really bad. We started the walk in heavy rain, which turned into snow once we got up to an altitude of about 1300m. Amid thick cloud we then spotted the Erichhütte where we took a break for a “Kaspressknedlsuppn”, which is like a fried flattened cheese dumpling in a soup. After some deliberation we decided to not continue with the walk and to take the hiking bus instead. This is free for anyone with a Hochkönig Card, which every guest who stays at the Hotel Hochkönig gets given. The card also provides a lot of other benefits too. Anyway we took the bus for free and we got off at the Berghotel Arthurhaus. As soon as we got there we were enthused by this traditional building, which has been modernised in part and even has a spa area.
Valley walk to Werfen
Even on the day we departed from the Arthurhaus, we still couldn’t see the Hochkönig due to heavy cloud cover. Our walk went along lovely forest paths downhill all the way to Werfen. In the afternoon, the sun even came out! Towards the end of the stage we could enjoy a lovely view of the Tennen mountains and Hohenwerfen castle. If you have time, I can highly recommend a trip into the castle. We then took the train from Werfen to Golling where we stayed at Hotel Golingen. The hospitality there was tremendous. The hotel charms its visitors with lovely decoration, a spa area and an organic breakfast.
From the Bluntau valley to Carl von Stahlhaus
The last day was the longest and most demanding day of the tour. The sun was shining too! The taxi picked us up and took us to the Bluntau valley. It is no wonder that the Bluntau valley nature protection area is one of the nicest areas within the province of Salzburg. The wonderful forest area had several small streams and waterfalls, which impress walkers both up close and from a distance. Out of the trees, we went past cows and small huts. The whole way we were surrounded by massive mountains. Gradually we got closer to our destination. After about 4 hours walking we were rewarded with the amazing view that you get from Stahlhaus. Normally the walk would continue for about an hour up to the summit of the Jenner mountain followed by a cable car ride back down into the valley. However as the Jennerbahn cable car is being rebuilt and won’t be in action until 2018, we took an alternative route down to Vorderbrand guest house. We finished off our walk here and ate “Kasnockn”, which was a perfect end to the tour.